On March 11, 2011, a devastating tsunami had hit the Japanese archipelago which caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. This was considered one of the most devastating nuclear events after the 1986 Chernobyl explosion.
1,600 people lost their lives after evacuation procedures, but the real damage was yet to be determined.
The Aftermath of Fukushima’s Nuclear Disaster
Just one year later, the children located in close proximity of Fukushima at and during the time of the radiation spillage started showing signs of cancer. A report revealed that over 36% of children experienced unusual growth of their thyroid glands.
Another year passed by and another report concluded that over 40 children were suffering from thyroid and other forms of cancer.
As of 2015, 137 people, most of them children, were found to suffer from thyroid cancer or were in the process of developing it.
Lead researcher of the 2015 report, Toshihide Tsuda from Okayama University, stressed that
“this is more than expected and emerging faster than expected. This is 20 to 50 times what would be normally expected.”
But that was not all. That same year, a cleaning squad trying to contain the radiation detected a radioactive spike caused by a spillage in one of the reactors. The radiation was leaking directly into the Pacific Ocean.
This affected the fish near the Japanese Coast and the government had to ban the sale of many species of fish.
Scientists thought that this was it, that just Fukushima’s inhabitants and wildlife in close proximity to the plant had to suffer. However, a recent Norwegian study revealed the following:
“Over 80 percent of the radiation that was released by the meltdown ended up in either the ocean or ice at the north and south poles. Of the remaining radiation, each human on the planet received roughly 0.1 millisievert, which equates to about ‘one extra X-ray each.’
And the grim truth?
Even to this day, the Fukushima site is still radioactive and spilling radioactive waste into the ground.
Joshua Krause, lead scientist of the Norwegian team’s study, had stressed that
“the radiation from Fukushima is capable of reaching everyone on our planet”
You might be asking: But Dr. what does this have to do with wine?
Researchers at France’s National Center for Scientific Research have sampled batches of Californian wines dating 2009 to 2012.
Here is what the report, cited by The Smithsonian, had to say on this matter:
“Their findings, newly published in the pre-print online journal Arxiz, suggest that currents and atmospheric patterns carried radioactive particles across the Pacific, where they settled on grapevines growing in California’s wine regions.”
The team writes that :
“bottles produced following the nuclear meltdown contain increased levels of cesium-137, with the cabernet revealing double the amount of pre-Fukushima radiation.”
Cesium-137 is a dangerous radioactive particle which leaves an “atomic signature” on everything it touches. And the red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon) released after 2011 has the highest radioactive levels.
However, they are still fit for human consumption because the radioactivity levels are below the dangerous threshold.
Nonetheless, there is no saying how that could damage your health.
Is the threat over?
On July 25, 2018, barely one month ago, there was a leakage of radioactive uranium at the Westinghouse nuclear plant in South Carolina.
This is a recent wave of radioactivity that hit our country. Only time will tell how many of us will suffer because of it.
I don’t want to end this article on a grim note.
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To your health.